The Economic Charade is Almost Over

As we near the end point, the point where the economy collapses, government becomes more desperate to convey the myth of a recovery. Government data have always been suspect because of the political ramifications of a good vs. bad economic report. Fudging the numbers, or at least the ways of measuring various statistics, likely began once government began issuing economic data. The propaganda value of such data began to increase under Kennedy. Now we have reached a point where manipulation is beyond anything the manipulators dared just a couple of decades ago.

Behind the need to increasingly lie about the economic condition of the country is the dying economy. If that is too strong for you to accept, then the declining standard of living. Real weekly wages are below where they were in the late 1960s. Most people are unaware of this because government chooses to hide it. Instead, they shift to median family income without adjusting for the fact that two wage earners are now required per household where one was sufficient in the past. The tricks and deceptions are too numerous to discuss, although anyone interested should go to for a history of the manipulations and the cumulative effects across a broad series of data.

The latest example of manipulated statistics is the recent GDP report which came in at a disappointing 2.2% growth for last quarter. Without getting too technical, GDP is measured in nominal terms and then adjusted down for inflation. The lower the rate of inflation assumed, all else equal, the higher the real reported GDP. The inflation estimate is known as the “GDP deflator,” By understating this number, real GDP can be made to appear larger than it really is. There are many who believe that even the anemic real GDP numbers reported are overstated.

Mish is particularly condemning in his interpretation:

Three years into a recovery, growth (if you believe preposterous deflators) is a mere 2.2% but only 0% if you don’t. Moreover, with parts of Europe in an outright depression, with even Germany and the UK in recession, and with China slowing significantly, the odds the US economy decouples for too much longer is now approaching zero.

Government declared the recession over a couple of years ago. All other recessions ended with recoveries where quarterly real growth estimates were in the 6 – 8% ranges. We have seen nothing approaching these figures and now we see anemic figures even with apparent manipulation.

No one knows for sure how much government is manipulating the data it issues. Suffice to say that the burden of credibility continues to mount against their numbers and their claims. Clearly politicians have motives to make things seem better. They are not known for their ethics and lying is a routine part of their strategy.

If there were a real recovery there would be no need to manipulate numbers. Now, even with what seems blatant manipulation, the results are still dismal. The charade is getting old, the promoters appear to be getting desperate and the wiggle room for manipulation keeps shrinking. Soon it will become to embarrassing to continue the charade. That time will likely occur after November.

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  1. I think things are much worse then stated here, as in the end game’s final play. It seems to me the truth is backing the corrupt and subverted government into the corner…and that’s a very dangerous reality. We know they work toward a new world order that demands they steal American’s wealth, both private and public, and give it to the lesser nations. They are not shy about this, you are aware, right? We know they created the foreclosure debacle intentionally and banked on it…
    For some time they have been creating the perception that the economy is turning back to the good side, perception being considered reality if it is said enough…which they have been doing, with the corrupt media enabling this, if not outright leading it..

    So, I think one would be wise to consider just what they are capable of doing to change the mindset of the public, through a false flag event. It will take the minds of the common useful idiot off the days propaganda and rally them around the government in the name of patriotism….In other words, Obama and his minion will parrot, “the tide had turned, the economy was rebounding, things were going to get good again, when (perhaps) Israel attacks Iran, and world war three breaks out…..that ought to do it for em..

    Darn Israelies, they are to blame, as Iranian cells let loose here and Martial law is declared… the useful idiots get in line.’

    It’s been proven our government is very versed in false flag events to take us to war. Gulf of Tonkin, the Maine, the Lusitania, and even Pearl Harbor was allowed by FDR by not alerting them that an attack was coming.

    Then consider the myriad of information on 9/11 being an inside job, enough to certainly leave the door open, oh yah, that Olkahoma thing too….

    We the people, will be subjected to slavery if we do not prepare to defend the Republic and then act when the day comes.

  2. The evening economic news is a JOKE. Who do they think they are fooling? There is no recovery! As you drive around town, just look at all the businesses that have closed. I don’t know why I even listen to the media anymore. It is such a farce. I had to go to Al Jazerra to find out the true extent of the protests around the nation!! Get ready folks. Times are going to get even more difficult.

      1. leaving only auto dealers one of which tried to destroy my car in order to sell me another and another selling parts replacements for thousands and the part to repair with 20 dollars worth of seals……………..

  3. If Mitt wins in November look for the Obama administration to “re-adjust” the numbers before Mitt is sworn in. Obama’s departing gift will be a recession that began in 2011, but was covered-up until Jan 2013. Of course the MSM will delightfuly begin speaking about the Romney Recession

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